Symphony of Spheres is a short poetic documentary, shot on iPhone X with FilmicPro, that attempts to show the process and the world of abstract sculptor Brendon Edwards. The doc is less about facts about Brendon's life and more about his work, his philosophy, and what he would like his art to represent. The circular nature of the world and symmetry is a driving factor for Brendon, and so Symphony of Spheres tries to showcase this in its form and structure.
Shot in 2019 and edited during the pandemic, small portions of stock footage from Mitch Martinez and Pexels.com have been used and are all rendered in colour, while footage shot on mobile is mostly in black and white. Various external pieces of hardware such as a monopod, ND filters for mobile, Joby GorillaPod, and a Rode VideoMic. Shot at 4K with 8 bit recording and exported in 1080p.
About the Artist:
Brendon Edwards was born in Johannesburg in 1970, but spent his formative years in Zimbabwe. He later moved to South Africa and was educated at Michaelhouse.
Post school he studied Philosophy and Logic, and The Philosophy of Aesthetics. His work is a continuation along these lines and a conflation of latter influences. An overriding aim of his work is to take complicated subjects (both visible and invisible) and represent them as a simple aesthetic.
As an abstract artist, he is reluctant to reduce, explain or justify his work in absolute terms. He recognises that the world is devoid of meaning, and that any meaning individuals attach to a thing, experience or idea… is subjective. Consequently, any absolutes he may propound, may limit or exaggerate his work, or do an injustice to it, and further to the imagination/meaning of the viewer. There is a corollary in abstraction as within our universe, in that it leaves the unexplained… unexplained.
Learn more about Brendon at brendonedwards.com
Learn more about writer, director and editor SJ van Breda at sjvanbreda.com